Raise your hand if you like chalkboards✋. My hand is raised super high! When I was a kid, one of the ways my Teacher would reward us if we were good, was to let us draw on the chalkboard. Let me tell ya, I tried to be perfect so I could get to that chalk! LOL
Now that I’m an adult, nothing has changed! I still love chalkboards and chalk. So much so, there is a chalkboard in may of the rooms in our home. I have a chalkboard wood slice on the fireplace in the living room, there’s a chalkboard panel on the kitchen wall, and I have a whole wall in my home office dedicated to chalkboard; a calendar and a notepad.
The calendar and notepad on my home office wall are the latest additions to my chalkboard craze around the house. E won’t let me touch the 3rd floor or his closet with my crazy chalkboard shenanigans! Turning a wall into a chalkboard or making a couple of chalkboard areas is super easy and I’m going to show you how!
Tools Needed For a Chalkboard Wall Calendar
- Tape measure
- Laser level
- Painter’s tape
- Chalkboard paint
- Chalkboard pens
How to Make a Chalkboard Wall Calendar
Choose which wall you’ll use. You really could almost think of this as an accent wall, so when people first walk into the room, is that the first thing you want them to see? Decide how much of your wall you’re going to use. For me, it was easy because I chose to use the wall space between 2 windows. Measure the space so you know how big to make your squares. The area of wall space I used was 34″ across.
Calculate the width.
To get a minimum width of your calendar, decide how many columns you want to have. More than likely, you’ll have a minimum of 7 since there are 7 days in a week. Add more columns for other things you may want to add such as birthdays or a note column.
Calculate how large each square will be by dividing the width of the space by 7. Also, keep in mind that you’ll be writing or placing sticky notes on the squares so you want to make sure you have enough room to write legibly and for the sticky notes. I measured the width of a sticky note I had and it was 4″ across, which for me, was big enough.
The width of my area is 34″ inches with no padding (the area around the calendar). I didn’t want my calendar to butt up against the windows so I added 0.75″ of padding on the right and left sides. This means that I really only have 32.5″ (0.75″ x 2 = 1.5″) and across so I should divide that number by 7, which gives me a final measurement for how large each individual square will be, which is 4.64″.
Calculate the height.
For the most part, you’ll follow the same calculations for the height of the calendar as the width of the calendar.
I chose to have 7 rows for my calendar. One row for the months, 5 rows for the actual calendar, and the last row for the days of the week.
I’m leaving 3″ at the top and bottom for the top row and the bottom row (3″ is just a random number I chose. It’s big enough for me to write the months so they aren’t too small. How tall you would like your date squares are up to you, but I chose to have mine be 4″ tall. This means that my chalkboard calendar is going to be 26″ high. Here’s the calculation below.
- Row 1 (header for months) = 3″
- Rows 2-6 (calendar date rows) = 4″ each
- Row 7 (bottom for months) = 3″
Using the lovely order of operations, here’s the formula and how I got to 26:
3 + (4 x 5) + 3 =26
If I knew where my math teacher was, she would be so excited about this and laugh. I used to always say to her, “I don’t know why I have to learn how to do this, I’m not ever going to use math like this in my job when I get older.” 🙂
Draw your calendar on the wall
The great thing about home decor is that it gives you a valid excuse to write on the wall! 😂 Now that you’ve done all your calculations and have decided what you want to go where it’s time to draw it! Y’all I can’t freehand these types of things. That’s why I have nifty tools with lasers and rules because otherwise, I wouldn’t have any straight lines!
Grab your laser light, ruler, and chalk pencil and lightly draw the outside perimeter of your calendar. This will be your guide for the tape. Once you’ve drawn your lines, get your painters tape and place the edge of the tape on the outside of the lines you’ve drawn. Make sure to put the tape on the outside because you’re going to paint inside the painter’s tape.
Now that you’ve got the skeleton of your calendar drawn and taped, it’s time to paint. Wahoo! You can, of course, use whatever color you would like. I went with orange since my home office is orange, pink, white, green, red…you name it, if it’s a bold color, it’s in my office!
Lowe’s carries a line of colored chalkboard paint by Valspar. It’s very thin and you aren’t going to just be able to use one coat and go. I ended up using 3 coats of the paint to get the desired look and effect that I wanted. One thing I loved about this paint is that it dries very quickly. I used a paint roller that would result in a very smooth finish and it worked great!
Once the paint dries, take a piece of chalk and color your entire chalkboard the area with the chalk. Why? To prevent ghosting. What’s ghosting you ask? Do you remember as a kid when you would write on the chalkboard, erase, and you could still see what you wrote? That my friend is ghosting. The same thing can happen to your wall.
So to prevent that, taking a piece of chalk and running it all across the area will act as a protective layer so to speak and help cut down on that ghosting. It will keep the chalk from soaking into the paint and your walls. Once you’ve done that, grab a rag and wipe the chalk off.
Draw your lines
I used a ruler and a piece of chalk to draw the lines for the calendar. You can use a chalkboard pen or regular chalk as I did. It’s really just personal preference.
Once I drew my lines, I used my white chalkboard pen to write the months and the days of the week since those are more permanent. I used chalk for the dates since those will change each month. I placed the days of the week at the bottom of my calendar rather than the top so that it would be easier to read when I’m at my desk. This way when I turn around to look at it, I can look up rather than having to look up and then look down.
Alright, y’all there you have it! Your chalkboard wall calendar. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine!